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Dam•o•cles



Pronunciation: (dam'u-klēz"), [key]
n.
1. a flatterer who, having extolled the happiness of Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, was seated at a banquet with a sword suspended over his head by a single hair to show him the perilous nature of that happiness.
2. sword of Damocles, any situation threatening imminent harm or disaster.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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